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Various reasons can cause red Irritated Eyes; red eyes can happen at any time.

There are many reasons that red, irritated eyes occur:

  • Chronic dry eyes
  • Autoimmune dry eyes – Sjogren’s Syndrome, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and more.
  • Air Quality– pollution causes red eyes
  • Eye Surgery and Medications
  • Lifestyle and Habits
  • Being Female – hormone changes

Eye Conditions that cause red irritated dry eyes

  • Conjunctivitis – The most common cause, conjunctivitis, causes the eyes’ whites to become pink or red.
  • Ocular Herpes – Caused by the type 1 herpes simplex virus, ocular herpes causes lesions on the eyes resulting in inflammation and scarring of the cornea.
  • Ocular Rosacea – A reddening of the whites of the eyes. People with facial rosacea almost always have ocular rosacea. Ocular rosacea mainly affects people between 30 and 60 years of age. Those with fair skin and light-colored hair and eyes and women in menopause tend to develop ocular rosacea.
  • Iritis – Anterior uveitis (Iritis) is an inflammation of the iris where small white blood cells from the affected area along with excess protein float inside the fluid that sits between the iris and the cornea.
  • Eye Chalazion or Styes – caused by inflammation or infection of an eyelash follicle or a meibomian gland located along the eyelid edge. Chalazion or stye are presented as a red, painful lump. For a stye, these “pimple-like” areas are contagious. A chalazion is similar but not contagious. Clogged Meibomian glands cause both due to dry eyes.

Environmental Factors

Allergies. Seasonal and food allergies, climate, and smoking can cause eyes to become red and irritated. Thirty to forty percent (30-40%) of Americans have seasonal or food allergies. Exposure to smoke, whether from a smoker or burning material, develops red, irritated eyes.

  • Allergies and Sensitivities – Whether seasonal or chronic, allergy sufferers and those sensitivities to specific issues such as rheumatoid arthritis or even depression can develop red eyes. Eighty percent of people with allergies develop eye allergies and red, irritated eyes.
  • Weather – Windy, dry environmental conditions can dry out the fluid layer that protects the eyes. 
  • A dry climate can also cause red eyes to worsen and more irritation.
  •  Smoking is not only bad for a person’s health; smoking can worsen dry, red, irritated eyes. Avoiding smoke can help, but it may not be avoidable if the smoke is in the environment.

Eye Surgery and Medication

LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK surgery is popular for those wanting better vision. However, LASIK eye surgery can damage nerve fibers or disrupt the tear film leading to dry eyes.  

 Medications leading to red irritated eyes.

Certain drugs such as antihistamines, sleeping pills, and anti-anxiety medications can restrict blood flow to the eyes, making them irritated and red.

Lifestyle Habits

Computer Overuse

Excessive computer or mobile phone usage can cause one to blink less, which leads to dry eyes. Eye strain from extended computer usage is also a common problem for red, irritated eyes.

Fatigue causing red, irritated eyes.

Fatigue from computer use can leave the eyes sore and irritated. Rest your eyes 5 minutes every hour, and limit electronic usage within an hour before bedtime.


Hormones affect dry eyes.

Women present particular menopause, menstrual cycles, and pregnancy that can cause red, irritated eyes and dry eye symptoms.  

  • Menopause: Lowered estrogen levels can lead to worsening dry eye symptoms.
  • Menstrual Cycle: Higher estrogen levels during the first menstrual cycle can worsen red and dry eye symptoms.
  • Pregnancy: Changing hormones occurring during pregnancy can also worsen dry and red eye symptoms.

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